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The Afro-Asian Cup of Nations was played between the winners of the Asian Cup or the Asian Games and the winners of the Africa Cup of Nations. The first edition in 1978, where Iran defeated Ghana 3-0, the trophy was not awarded: because the second leg was cancelled due to political problems in Iran. The 1989, 2005 editions were cancelled. The 1997 edition was severely delayed to 1999, while the "true" 1999 edition (between Egypt and Iran) was also canceled.

Afro-Asian Cup of Nations
Founded 1978
Region International (FIFA)
Number of teams 2
Current champions  Japan (2nd Title)
Most successful team(s)  Japan (2 Titles)

The competition was discontinued following a CAF decision on July 30, 2000, after AFC representatives had supported Germany rather than South Africa in the vote for hosting the 2006 World Cup. The competition was scheduled to be resumed in 2005 with the match Tunisia-Japan, but then was cancelled. However the trophy was resumed in 2007 under the name "AFC Asia/Africa Challenge Cup". The 2008 edition was scheduled to be played in November 2008 between Iraq and Egypt in the neutral venue of Saudi Arabia but was eventually cancelled.

The most successful team is Japan with 2 championships.

Contents

Results & StatisticsEdit

FinalsEdit

Year Host nation Final
Champions Score Runners-up
1985
Details
  Cameroon
  Saudi Arabia
 
Cameroon
4 – 1
1 – 2
 
Saudi Arabia
1988
Details
  Qatar  
South Korea
1 – 1
(pen : 4 – 3)
 
Egypt
1991
Details
  Iran
  Algeria
 
Algeria
1 – 2
1 – 0
 
Iran
1993
Details
  Japan  
Japan
1 – 0
(aet)
 
Ivory Coast
1995
Details
  Uzbekistan
  Nigeria
 
Nigeria
3 – 2
1 – 0
 
Uzbekistan
1999
Details
  South Africa
  Saudi Arabia
 
South Africa
1 – 0
0 – 0
 
Saudi Arabia
2007
Details
  Japan  
Japan
4 – 1  
Egypt

Most successful national teamsEdit

Team Champions Runners-Up
  Japan 2 (1993, 2007) -
  Algeria 1 (1991) -
  Cameroon 1 (1985) -
  Nigeria 1 (1995) -
  South Africa 1 (1999) -
  South Korea 1 (1987) -
  Egypt - 2 (1987, 2007)
  Saudi Arabia - 2 (1985, 1999)
  Iran - 1 (1991)
  Ivory Coast - 1 (1993)
  Uzbekistan - 1 (1995)

Most successful teams by continentEdit

Continent Champions Runners-up
Africa 4 (1985, 1991, 1995, 1997) 3 (1987, 1993, 2007)
Asia 3 (1987, 1993, 2007) 4 (1985, 1991, 1995, 1997)

EditionsEdit

1985 Afro-Asian Cup of NationsEdit

The 1985 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations was contested by Cameroon, winners of the 1984 African Cup of Nations, and Saudi Arabia, winners of the 1984 AFC Asian Cup. Cameroon won 5-3 on aggregate over the two legs.

Cameroon   4–1   Saudi Arabia
Omam-Biyik   8'
Milla   33'   84'
Kundé   87' (pen.)
Report Abu Dawood   44'
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Gebreysus Tesfaye (Ethiopia)
Saudi Arabia   2–1   Cameroon
Mohammed   9'
Abdul-Jawad   86'
Report Omam-Biyik   57'
Attendance: 20,000

1988 Afro-Asian Cup of NationsEdit

The 1988 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations was contested between South Korea, winners of the 1986 Asian Games, and Egypt, winners of the 1986 Africa Cup of Nations. The match was played in one leg in Doha, Qatar.

South Korea   1–1 (a.e.t.)   Egypt
Lee Tae-Ho   65' report Younes   88'
Penalties
4–3
Attendance: 15,000

1991 Afro-Asian Cup of NationsEdit

The 1991 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations was contested by Algeria, winners of the 1990 African Cup of Nations, and Iran, winners of the 1990 Asian Games football tournament. Algeria won by the away goal after egality 2 - 2 in aggregates.[1]

Iran   2–1   Algeria
Marfavi   13'78' Lazizi   23'
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Nizar Watti (Syria)
Algeria   1–0   Iran
Benhalima   78'
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Naji Jouini (Tunisia)

1993 Afro-Asian Cup of NationsEdit

The 1993 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations was contested between Japan, winners of the 1992 Asian Cup, and Ivory Coast, winners of the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations. The match was played in one leg in Tokyo, Japan.

Japan   1–0 (a.e.t.)   Ivory Coast
Miura   116' report
Attendance: 53,302
Referee: Wei Jihong (China)

1995 Afro-Asian Cup of NationsEdit

The 1995 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations was contested between Uzbekistan, winners of the 1994 Asian Games, and Nigeria, winners of the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations. Nigeria won 4–2 on aggregate.

Uzbekistan   2–3   Nigeria
Kasimov   70'
Fyodorov   85'
report Oliseh   10'
Ikpeba   65'
N. Kanu   71'
Attendance: 55,000
Nigeria   1–0   Uzbekistan
Amunike   82' report
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)

1999 Afro-Asian Cup of NationsEdit

The 1999 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations was contested between Saudi Arabia, winners of the 1996 Asian Cup, and South Africa, winners of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations. The matches were originally planned to be played in 1997, but South Africa couldn't be bothered to find time on the calendar. After being delayed for two years, the matches were finally played in 1999. South Africa won the title on aggregate score 1–0.

South Africa   1–0   Saudi Arabia
Ndlanya   48' report
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Felix Tangawarima (Zimbabwe)
Saudi Arabia   0–0   South Africa
report

2007 Afro-Asian Cup of NationsEdit

The 2007 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations was played between Japan and the winners of the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations Egypt. The competition returned after 8 years, the previous edition was held in 1999. This edition was maybe called AFC Asia/Africa Challenge Cup and held in one leg in Japan.

Japan   4–1   Egypt
Ōkubo   21'42'
Maeda   53'
Kaji   68'
report Fadl   58'
Attendance: 41,901

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Algérie - Iran 1991". dzfootball. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 

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